NLRB Grilled by Congress on Call For Briefs

We reported at the end of last month that the NLRB had issued a call for briefs to essentially challenge the validity of right-to-work laws currently in place in literally half of the states in the union.  Last week, the US Senate got into the act by grilling the NLRB leadership in a Senate Health,…

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NLRB Advises Freshii is Not “Joint-Employer”

In what may represent some refinement in their recent advisory regarding “joint-employers”, the NLRB recently issued a ruling declaring that restaurant franchise Freshii does not qualify as a “joint-employer” in a case involving alleged retaliation by a Freshii franchisee against employees involved in unionizing activities.  Essentially, the NLRB ruled that Freshii “control” over its franchisee’s…

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California Giveth and LA Taketh Away

There was both good news and bad for franchise owners coming out of the Golden State this week as the full California Assembly passed AB 525, the Franchise Relations Act, which will help restore some balance to the franchise relationship.  Just two days later, the Los Angeles City Council, by a 14 – 1 vote,…

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NY Governor Cuomo Boosts Fast Food Wage Outlook

A week ago, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo set the table for increased labor costs in the fast food industry with his edict (published as a NY Times Op-ED) instructing a state Wage Board to make recommendations on increasing the state minimum wage for fast food workers.  This week, we were served the first course…

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Maine Advances Wage Hike

Although not to the extent of New York or Los Angeles, the Maine legislature also advanced a minimum wage hike, moving a bill out of the Labor, Research, Commerce and Economic Development Committee that will raise the minimum wage of $7.50 to $9.50/hour by 2018.  The bill, filed by Democratic Representative Dillon Bates, was passed…

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Hall of Fame Nominations

We remind our members that nominations are now being accepted for the DDIFO Hall of Fame.  The Hall of Fame committee will begin deliberations on the 2015 inductees next month, so consider who you would like to see inducted into the DDIFO franchise owners Hall of Fame.  Criteria and formal nomination forms should be posted…

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Upcoming Events

On June 11, the Northeast Chapter of the DDBR Community Foundation will hold its annual lobster bake fundraiser in Kennebunkport, Maine.  DDIFO will sponsor our next member meeting right before the fundraiser and 20 minutes up the road at the Hampton Inn, in Saco Maine.  We are finalizing the program, which will begin at 12…

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National Conference

We’re finalizing our plans for the 2015 DDIFO National Conference, which will be held at Caesars Palace in the heart of Las Vegas on the Las Vegas strip on September 21 and 22.  Mark your calendars now and plan to attend the biggest and best conference from DDIFO yet.  Watch for much more information coming…

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Competitor News

It has been reported widely that some Starbucks customers have had their credit card information stolen as a result of the Starbucks smartphone mobile app having been hacked.  As of this writing however, Starbucks continues to deny that their information has been hacked at all – we can’t say which is the true story!

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Flawed Thinking Behind the Fight for $15

I was glad to see that most of our Dunkin’ franchise owners made it through another round of “Fight for 15” protests a few weeks ago. We have seen quite the orchestration over the past year by SEIU and their activist friends. Of course, protests are nothing new in our democracy, nor is the willingness…

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